Kevin Chappell had done all he could this morning, Australian time, in his last-ditch effort to qualify for the Presidents Cup. An even-par 71, with a bogey-6 on the final hole, during the final round at TPC Boston left him in a tie for for 35th in the Dell Technologies Championship. It dropped the 31-year-old roughly five spots down the leaderboard from the start of the round, but the question was whether it had cost him enough points to keep him from leaping from 11th to 10th on the qualifying list and grabbing the last of the 10 automatic spot on the squad.

Winner at the Valero Texas Open in May, Chappell decided there was no need to stick around to find out; he’d learn the answer soon enough. So it was that he was heading to the airport when US PGA Tour officials reached him to let him know the good news, that he had squeaked inside the bubble by 0.23 points and will be playing for the American side at Liberty National later this month.

Chappell’s social-media response to hearing the news was pitch perfect:

Chappell’s good fortune proved Charley Hoffman’s undoing, as he fell from 10th to 11th after finishing T-47 at TPC Boston. He’ll now have to rely on the kindness of US captain Steve Stricker using one of his two wildcard picks on him when he rounds out the 12-man lineup on Wednesday night, US time. Working in Hoffman’s favour is the fact he has had two runner-up finishes and seven top-10 performances in 2017, seemingly finding himself in the hunt every week this northern summer despite not actually winning a title.

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If Hoffman seems an obvious choice, the question of Stricker’s other pick isn’t quite so clear. Or maybe it is. Brian Harman – winner of the Wells Fargo Championship this May, runner-up at the US Open and 12th on the final points list – is certainly in the running. But the sentimental choice is Phil Mickelson, who is moved up from 18th to 15th in the points list with his T-6 finish at TPC Boston, his best strokeplay finish of the 2016-’17 season.

The US side can now scratch Hoffman’s name from their list and add Chappell’s. International side remains as pictured.

As for the International team, no one moved inside the top-10 at the Dell Technologies Championship, although Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo tried to make it interesting. Grillo needed a top-12 finish at TPC Boston to make the leap from his No.12 spot into the top-10 on the International team points list. Impressively, he managed to shoot a closing 66, which moved him from 32nd to 22nd but allowed Adam Hadwin to keep the 10th and final spot. Grillo’s finish, however, moved him inside the top-70 in the FedEx Cup points list, securing him a spot in the field at the BMW Championship in two weeks.

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